So I started this WIP this summer after spending some time playing with my son and his Atlantis sets and wondering how did the Atlantis research scientist and divers get out to sea with there equipment. So I decided to build an ocean going research/tender ship.
The initial design was based on the Kilo Moana, an oceangraphic research ship based out of Hawaii.
My biggest concern in building this ship was in being able to transport some of the actual Atlantis submersible vehicles, so the entire design is built around the hangar bay to house these vehicles. Curretly the hangar can house the Seabed Strider (7977) and Wreck Raider (8057) plus some much smaller personal submersible vehicles. The idea for the double hull design was based on two factors, the Kilo Moana and the fact that I wanted cranes to be mounted on the ship to be able to retrieve and deploy the Atlantis submersibles in a semi sheltered area.
The overall color scheme stays faithful to the Altantis sets using red, lime, dark bluish gray, black and yellow. On each forward section of the bows are weapons to protect the ship against the Atlantis warriors. The starboard weapon system is a missile launcher based on the flick fire missiles on the Seabed Scavenger and the port weapon system is a combination harpoon guns and small caliber cannon. The search lights are based on the ones found on the Atlantis Exploration HQ.
The stern includes two cranes. One is a heavy lift crane and the opposite crane is a smaller model designed to deploy the smaller Atantis submersibles. Also on the smaller crane assembly on a tilt deck is a deployable towed sonar array for sea floor mapping.
In the hangar in the back area is a work space that includes a large work bench with clamps and lights, a drill press and a larger c-clamp for holding items along with numerous tools.
The top of the superstructure houses the pilot house and small research rooms. The top is fully removable to allow for access to this area. The pilot/control area has two captain chairs and several computers and a steering wheel to pilot the ship along with HUD (head up displays) to allow precise movements in and out of harbors and for targeting the point defense weapons. To the rear of the pilot house is a coffee maker and large flat screen television/radar panel. The two small research rooms include a computer and electron microscope and a water bath for de-crusting recovered Atlantis artifacts.
On the deck of The Timaeus is an inflatable fast boat for recovery of divers that can be deployed directly into the water on a small arm crane. There is one deck worker who is painting stripes onto the superstructure at the bow of the boat. Also one of the ships engineers is performing maintenance duties on one of the removalbe engines. Other deck hands are using remote control hand held devices to move the cranes allowing them freedom to move around the deck as they move the heavy equipment. There is also a small SCUBA utility cart that contains two Atlantis dive helmets, flippers, harpoon gun and two tanks of compressed air to allow the quick refilling of the SCUBA tanks.
Across the superstructure are several positionalbe lights to allow night time operations plus two spot lights on the edge of the upper railings.
The very top of the superstructure includes the radar domes, antennaes, communication arrays, satelite tv dish, and other communication/radar devices.